Anthony Hobson (MBA ’74) is currently chair of the
James Dyson Group Limited, an international business founded by entrepreneur
Sir James Dyson. He has also served as an independent director of 15 quoted and
private equity companies in a range of industries over the past two decades,
From 1986 to 2001, Hobson was the CFO of Legal &
General Group Plc, an international asset manager and insurance group
headquartered in London. Subsequently, he became chair of Northern Foods Plc, a
food manufacturer in the United Kingdom. In 2007, he became chair of the Sage
Group, a British international software enterprise.
Hobson, who is a member of Darden’s Global Advisory Council, also serves as
a member of Treasury and Asset Management Risk Control at the University of
Virginia, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England
and Wales. Hobson and his wife, Ingrid, have two children: Nicolas, who
graduated from Princeton in 2004, and Virginia, who graduated from Georgetown in
were your early years like?
My father died when I was 7 years old and my
sister was 3. We had a wonderful mother who sacrificed everything to give us
the best upbringing and education. It is always a challenge when you are one
heartbeat away from the orphanage.
were some early leadership lessons you learned?
Always surround yourself with the best people
with strong ethics.
would you define your leadership style?
Describe the current state of the
industry you’re in and how you see it evolving in the future, particularly with
respect to technology and innovation.
Dyson is constantly recreating itself and the markets
it inhabits. We are solving the problems others ignore. We are very confident
in our future, but we’re never complacent.
What do you consider
your greatest achievement?
Setting my children on the path to a successful
and happy life.
Res non verba. Deeds not
What are your
Cricket, tennis, chess, books and gardening.
Where do you do your
In the garden.
did you learn at Darden that has helped you in your career?
There are no bad staff. Only bad managers.
What’s next for you?
Taking Dyson to its next stage of growth and